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It’s so quiet that I can hear myself think.

This is what hits me as I wake up early today. We are in Rockport, our happy place of rest and art; writing and thinking. Rockport allows me to pull away from the everyday stuff that distracts and rethink what is important. It is a place of quiet grace.

A bird choir lends their voices to the morning – a welcome and joyous sound.

A few y...

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If I could make every medical student, every nursing student, and every working medical professional read this book - I would do so. Gawande initially presents aging and end of life care as it is and it is more than depressing. The living die before ...more
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It's rare for me to insist that a book must be read, but this one warrants that insistence. I finished it on a plane journey and cried the entire trip home. Paul Kalanithi has left us a gift and I am left wanting to enter more deeply into both my own ...more
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“Every good story has a conflict. Never being fully part of any world is ours. This is what makes our stories and memories rich and worth hearing. We live between worlds, sometimes comfortable in one, sometimes in the other, but only truly comfortable in the space between. This is our conflict and the heart of our story.”
Marilyn R. Gardner, Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging

“For those who wear the third culture kid label and the Global Nomad tag proudly, the word ‘rooted’ is scary. For all we speak, ponder, and write of identity and crisis, for all we wistfully try to articulate what it means to belong, being ‘rooted’ can be terrifying. Here are some myths that I have believed about being rooted: being rooted means I’m from here. Being rooted means I can’t leave. Being rooted means I’m stuck. But perhaps being rooted gives strength. Perhaps being rooted doesn’t mean I give up who I am; perhaps it means that I securely use my past as a bridge to my present. Rooted means I grow strong, like the sunflowers that are growing high in our garden, faces raised to the sun.”
Marilyn R. Gardner, Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging

“The losses felt by those of us raised in a country that was different from that indicated on our passports can be heavy. To be sure, the gains are also real: the way we look at the world, the wonder of travel, our love of passports and places, our wish to defend parts of the world that we feel are misunderstood by those around us. But along with these come profound losses of people and place. For many of us, the only thing we feel we have left are our memories. We cannot go back to the place that was home. Either it does not exist, will not let us in, or danger and cost prohibit a casual trip to indulge the times of homesickness. In its place is memory. Our memories may be biased, or relayed in a way that would make our mothers say, “That’s not quite the way it happened,” but it is inalienably ours.”
Marilyn R. Gardner, Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging

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